The Worshipful Company Of Makers Of Playing Cards, 2005 Installation Pack
The 2005 Worshipful Company`s Installation deck was designed by Brad Baker to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Dr. Samuel Johnson`s Dictionary. The back has a print of 17 Gough Square, London by E.E. Briscoe and a portrait of Dr. Johnston taken from the painting "Oil after Reynolds" by Margaret Grose. The cards are Poker size which is slightly larger than normal Worshipful decks so as to reproduce more closely the original cards that measured 91mm X 61mm, whereas these cards are 88mm X 63mm. Approx 350 packs were printed by Richard Edward Limited.
The monumental task undertaken by Dr. Johnson took eight years to complete in the garret of his house 17 Gough Square just off Fleet Street, now known as Dr. Johnson`s House. Published in 1755, with 42,773 entries, Johnson`s Dictionary of the English language has made a lasting impact upon the English Language.
The Dictionary was recognised as such an extraordinary achievement that it continued to be used widely for more than 100 years after its publication. Dr. Johnson established a methodology on how a dictionary should be compiled and how entries should be presented. His methods had a major impact on the construction of the Oxford English Dictionary, and legislators in the United States still use "Johnson`s Dictionary" to understand the meaning of their predecessors legislation.
The Faces of the cards are a reproduction of a pack from the Worshipful Company`s collection held at the Guilhall library. It was published by William Kimberley of Birmingham in 1892. The Royal National Patriotic Playing Cards were produced in 5 editions and the pack reproduced for this deck is the only known example of the first edition which features a giant central suitmark on the cards from 2 to 10. The rarity of the first version would suggest that this version was withdrawn soon after publication.
The Known court cards represent -
King of Diamonds - Albert, Prince Consort
Queen of Diamonds - Queen Victoria
King of Spades - Louis Napoleon III
Queen of Spades - Empress Eugenie
King Of Clubs - Wilhelm I of Germany
King of Hearts - George Washington
Queen of Hearts - Martha Washington
As well as the original 52 cards from the Kimberley pack the set has 4 extra cards, these include the original "Time zone" card back, the traditional Master`s Ace and two jokers each showing a sketch of Dr. Johnson in his travelling clothes citing one of his famous remarks.
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